You can’t see the wood for the trees

On his walk through the neighborhood this morning the tall person saw this.

Grotesque Tree

When he got home he showed me a picture of it and asked me what it was.

I told him it’s a tree.

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I hope the phone never rings

On my walk through the neighborhood today we found 50 rings but they hadn’t slipped off people’s fingers.

The rings were made of wood.

The tall person counted 50 rings, each representing one year of growth.

That meant that the tree began its life in 1962.

I asked the tall person what the world was like in 1962 and he told me that the world came very close to being destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. He said that the Russians placed ballistic missiles on Cuba just 90 miles away from the coast of Florida. In response, the United States readied 1,436 B-52 bombers for take off and 145 intercontinental ballistic missiles stood on ready alert.

Fortunately, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and U.S. President John F. Kennedy reached an agreement and the missiles were removed from Cuba.

Because the Soviet Union and the United States came the closest in history to all out war a direct communications hot line was established between Moscow and Washington, D.C.

Hmm, I hope the hot line phone never rings.